A sassy parrot and a free-spirited librarian upend the well-ordered life of a solitary man. Lyman (Jackson Hurst) is a loner, working the graveyard shift for the Courtesy Patrol. Orphaned by a car wreck that killed his parents when he was four years old, he knows only his last name and approximate year of birth. When a green parrot flies in to his trailer and announces, 'Shut up!" and "I'm an eagle!" he becomes obsessed with finding its owner, which leads him to FIONA (Rachel Nichols). She has been eying Lyman from a distance and decides to help with his parrot search, whether he wants her to or not. Along with her basset hound, they set out on a quest to find the bird's previous owners and Fiona begins to unravel the mysteries of Lyman's past. But when Fiona joins Lyman on his nightly rounds, she witnesses a reality more intense than the romantic version she had envisioned. Ultimately, once Lyman is able to reconcile with is past, he is able to break free of his dark world and they ... Written by
Some details about the parrot's life with his various owners: The original owners were Gypsies, but nothing is known from that period. The Campbells named him 'Mr. Roosevelt', and he learned to say their phone number "MA 17". Nothing specific is said about his time with Emma Cowen. The Hall's mentally challenged son learned to speak from the parrot. Duncan Weber owned him as a child, and called him 'Tonto'. Eli Stowalski got him in 1968, where he learned to say "I'm an eagle". In 1979 the Ballards named him 'Shelton', and he learned to say "prepare to meet your maker". The Murray Retirement Home got rid of him for repeatedly saying "prepare to meet your maker". In the Reeves home he learned to say "shut up". And finally, Lyman names him 'Zane'. See more »
Upside down people, the graveyard shift. Whatever you call us. We're the ones working at night while you sleep. We look out for each other. Or, I looked out for Lyman, and he looked out for everyone else. But off the road he thought everyone else had read the big instruction manual. Lyman wasn't gonna talk until he had it all figured out. Riding that highway loop night after night was the only job he'd ever had, unless you count all the classes he took at the Community College. Oh ...
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I just can't say enough about this great little indie jewel. All the actors shine, the production values are superb and the normal compressions and compromises inherent in bringing a sparkling novel to the screen have been thoughtfully and artfully chosen. Sure, all we jaded film fans have seen it before, just not always this heartfelt and fun. This film left me wanting more, in the good way.
I highly recommend this for those who want to share a moving experience with someone special. Even better share this with someone you want to become special.
This film is virtually bereft of objectionable content. Younger children may become invested in characters that suffer the vicissitudes of temporal existence. There are some suggestive situations. Parents may want to preview the movie before sharing it with the family. That said, a very rewarding film. Highly recommended!
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